Biography

Megan Ciota, PHD
Psychologist
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Dr. Megan Ciota is a licensed Clinical and Neuropsychologist specializing in Neuropsychological Evaluation, Psychological Evaluation, Behavioral Medicine, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in both out and in-patient settings with both individuals with health and medical conditions problems (e.g. Neurological Disorders such as traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia, chronic pain patients, injured patients, and individuals with compromised health and/or cognitive functioning) as well as non-medical clients.

Dr. Ciota provides therapy for short-term issues such as when people face difficult or painful life events, have tough life decisions to make, or are experiencing new problems with things like insomnia or worry. She also provides treatment to people with ongoing, long-term problems with anxiety, depression, chronic medical issues, and trauma that interfere with happiness, contentment, moving forward, and day-to-day functioning. She is an expert in psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessments for all ages including children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. Dr. Ciota has been in private practice for over 20 years and has served as a member of multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams in both out- and inpatient settings and has been involved in published research concerning both neuropsychological and pain-related issues. She is a seasoned practitioner of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatments and also has experience with EMDR on a telehealth platform.

Dr. Ciota earned her Masters’ and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia, and her Undergraduate degree in Psychological is from SUNY Binghamton. Her training focuses were in behavioral medicine (including health psychology and chronic pain) and neuropsychology. She completed a year-long specialty internship in neuropsychology at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center. After earning her doctorate, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship/residency in neuropsychology at Boston University Department of Neurology and at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, jointly. Before starting a private practice, Dr. Ciota served as the psychologist for the Boston site of a national study for the treatment of pain in veterans returning from service in the Persian Gulf War. She has been a clinical instructor at Tulane University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has served as an expert witness testifying in state and federal court on issues relating to neuropsychology and clinical psychology, including chronic pain, traumatic head injury, mood issues, and posttraumatic stress.

In addition to her usual pastime of adoring her beloved pets, Dr. Ciota, an all-around animal lover, has taken up watching birds from her porch during the pandemic, though her biggest kick has been watching her cats watch birds. She has also been pleasantly surprised that she has enjoyed cooking at home, something she rarely did before March of 2020. She tries to engage in self-care activities most days (e.g. mini-meditation, short kayak trip, deep breathing) to help keep calm and balance in life and forgives herself when she misses a day.

Qualifications

Education & Training

University of Georgia

Dr. Ciota earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia

University of Georgia

Dr. Ciota earned her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia

Binghamton University

Dr. Ciota earned her Bachelors’s degree in Psychological from the State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton University)